Curriculum

The School’s curriculum is designed to foster thought, curiosity and a desire for learning in all pupils, regardless of their backgrounds, strengths and needs.  The curriculum should be a gateway to opportunity and a knowledge-based vibrant community in the United Kingdom and beyond. It must also reflect national policy and priorities.

The School’s curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens, and also helps to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

The curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum

As a free school, TIBHS has considerable flexibility with its curriculum – the subjects studied, learning methods, levels of study and qualifications that pupils will pursue.

We have a broadly academic curriculum, emphasising the importance of intellectual study and focusing on traditional learning. We believe that this is the best way to equip our pupils for university, the professions and success in whatever career they eventually choose. We are determined that TIBHS’ young men will compete on equal terms with boys coming from the most privileged backgrounds, so we provide an academic, but rounded, education that gives them the best possible chance to succeed.

There are three main elements to the curriculum to address pupils’ academic, personal and social development.

Aims

Our curriculum serves the aims of Star Academies, the Multi-Academy Trust which manages the school:

  • To transform the educational achievement of our young people.
  • To elevate the life chances of young people in areas of social and economic deprivation – from all backgrounds – to help them succeed at the highest levels of education, employment and the professions.
  • To lead a drive based on rigour and high expectations designed to improve standards.
  • To mould pupils into active British citizens, with a sense of responsibility for their actions.
  • To encourage pupils’ social participation within their community.
  • To promote the development and nurturing of young leaders.
  • To give pupils a practical and more successful understanding of their rights and responsibilities in society.
  • To allow pupils to develop their individuality.
  • To promote the physical and mental development of pupils.
  • To empower pupils with the necessary skills and abilities to play a full and inclusive role within society, consistent and comfortable with their beliefs and principles.
  • To fulfil Trust and statutory requirements.
  • To support the mission, vision and values of the Trust and its establishments

Curriculum Principles

In line with the Star Quality Standards, the School will ensure the curriculum:

  • Is primarily academic, broad and balanced in nature;
  • Emphasises learning in literacy, numeracy, languages, humanities and science;
  • Encourages high levels of participation in subjects that lead to the English Baccalaureate – at least 80% of the delivery time in each year is dedicated to E-Bacc subjects;
  • Prioritises academic achievement in literacy and numeracy for least able learners;
  • Provides highly positive, memorable experiences and rich opportunities for high quality learning;
  • Has a positive impact on all pupils’ behaviour and safety;
  • Contributes to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development;
  • Adopts an inclusive, values-driven approach in line with the ethos of the School;
  • Fosters, in all, the fundamental British values of: democracy; the rule of law; freedom of religion; freedom of choice; freedom of thought; freedom of speech; freedom of association; tolerance and respect; fairness; liberty; social responsibility; equality for all.
  • Contributes to the Leadership Specialism of the School.

The Star Curriculum Offer

The curriculum will operate at three levels and will address its pupils’ academic, personal and social development.

The three individual elements of learning will each provide a different component to the education of every pupil. Intellectual, personal and social maturity will be the goal of these structured layers of learning at the School

Educational Excellence

At the core of the School’s curriculum will be a specialist and obligatory menu at Key Stages 3 and 4 for all pupils of academic subjects leading to the English   Baccalaureate   and   including   English,   mathematics,   sciences,   languages, humanities, arts and technology.

Subject content will largely be driven by the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3 and by specifications of national examinations at Key Stage 4.

The School believes that every pupil can benefit from a broad and balanced academic curriculum. Therefore, GCSEs’ will be appropriate for all bar a very small number.

For these small number of pupils, the School will design a bespoke vocational route which will be tailored to the specific needs and interests of the pupils concerned in any specific cohort. A personalised pathway for these pupils would be likely to include BTECs’. The School will, nevertheless, expect these pupils to take GCSEs’ in English, mathematics and science, and to gain the full benefits of the school’s Leadership Specialism.

Academic subjects leading to the English Baccalaureate are at the core of the curriculum. Subjects include English, mathematics, sciences, languages, humanities, arts and technology. The content is driven by the syllabuses and specifications of national examinations.

There is a vocational curriculum for pupils for whom GCSEs’ are not appropriate, but all pupils are expected to pursue a curriculum with a strong academic core.

We believe that educational excellence can only be guaranteed when what is studied is tailored to each individual pupil. We will spread the burden of studying for GCSEs over three years at KS4 (years 9, 10 and 11) so that Year 11 does not become too pressured. This allows us to plan effectively for each and every pupil in Year 11 and to timetable a programme of study that maximises their potential.

The school also believes that there should be opportunities for learning in performance and creative arts – including music, Creative iMedia, Drama and Art, P.E. and Business Studies. Furthermore, students should also have teaching related to technical learning– including subjects such as Computer Science and Engineering Design.

The English Baccalaureate is made up of English, Mathematics, Double Award Sciences, Separate Sciences, History or Geography and a Modern Foreign Language. It is a measure that shows where pupils have secured a grade 5 or above across the core of academic subjects at key stage 4 for a ‘strong English Baccalaureate’ . It is designed to enable parents and pupils to see how their school is performing.

Character Development

Concurrently with the core academic curriculum, pupils will participate in a programme of character development including sports, cultural, creative and other extra-mural activities. This will help pupils develop key personal skills and aptitudes, including oral communication, personal effectiveness, entrepreneurship, self-actualisation, problem-solving and enhanced emotional intelligence. Through a focused and integrated approach to arts, culture and tradition, pupils will benefit from deep learning through direct experiences, visual displays, handling artefacts, live performances, cultural exchanges and outside visits. These extra-curricular dimensions of learning will be at the heart of the school.

Character Development will mainly be delivered through extra-curricular activities and pupils’ independent studies in their own time.

Service to Communities

The curriculum for this element will be structured to help the development of citizenship, social enterprise and service to communities.

Pupils will acquire, through a range of individualised programmes, insights into social education and experiential community activities; with ‘hands-on’ and participative learning at the fore. For example, Key Stage 4 pupils may have the opportunity to undertake an extended placement working for a charity or for another community organisation.

As this element is based on pupil voluntary work, there will only be limited taught time in school. At Key Stage 3, this element will be promoted through the Citizenship Life Skills curriculum. At Key Stage 4, pupils will receive guidance and support through Citizenship Life Skills lessons and the Tutorial programme.

If our pupils are to fulfil their potential as members of British and global society, it is essential that their time with us makes them determined to contribute to the greater good – locally, nationally and globally. A commitment to community service and civic responsibility runs through every area of the curriculum.

Pupils get a chance to put their citizenship skills into practice through activities where pupils can explore in a practical and direct way the importance of active citizenship to fundamental British values and to Islamic and other faith cultures.

Key Stage 4 (GCSE courses begin in Year 9 for all subjects)

Our aim at TIBHS is simple- we want to provide the best possible education for out pupils in the most secure environment whilst helping every young man to achieve his goals, dreams and ambitions.

An enchanting buzz of hunger, thirst and passion for learning is the norm at TIBHS. As the culture of positive, progressive learning created by staff envelops its body  of pupils, one thing is understood by all- second best is just not acceptable here…

The delivery of the entire range of subjects areas and pupil support is the responsibility of a faculty, with each faculty taking responsibility for its subject provision. Click on the links bellow to learn more about our faculties:

In Year 9, pupils will study:

  • GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature
  • GCSE Maths
  • GCSE Combined Science or GCSE Individual Sciences
  • GCSE French
  • GCSE Arabic or GCSE Urdu
  • GCSE Computer Science or Creative iMedia
  • GCSE Religious Studies
  • GCSE History or Geography
  • GCSE Art or GCSE Business Studies or GCSE P.E.
  • Physical Education

In Year 10, students will study:

  • GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature
  • GCSE Maths
  • GCSE Combined Science or GCSE Individual Sciences
  • GCSE French or GCSE Arabic
  • GCSE Computer Science or Creative iMedia
  • GCSE Religious Studies
  • GCSE History or Geography
  • GCSE Art or GCSE Business Studies or GCSE P.E.
  • Physical Education

During Year 10, some students are able to complete up to three GCSEs:  A Foreign Language, Creative iMedia/Computer Science and Religious Studies.

In Year 11, students complete courses in:

  • GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature
  • GCSE Maths (some students will complete additional maths qualifications)
  • GCSE Combined Science
  • GCSE Separate Sciences
  • GCSE History or GCSE Geography
  • GCSE Art or GCSE PE or GCSE Business Studies will be undertaken by some pupils

Pupils also receive additional time for personal study and have the opportunity to undertake projects relating to community service and charity.

Click here to view TIBHS curriculum booklet for  Y9-Y11

Click here to view TIBHS curriculum booklet for Y8

Click here to view TIBHS curriculum booklet for Y7 

For an overview of the topics taught in each subject in each year group, please click here.

Faculties

Our aim at TIBHS is simple – we want to provide the best possible education for our pupils in the most secure environment whilst helping every boy to achieve his goals, dreams and ambitions.

An enchanting buzz of hunger, thirst and passion for learning is the norm at TIBHS. As the culture of positive, progressive learning created by staff envelopes its body of pupils, one thing is understood by all – second best is just not acceptable here…

The delivery of the entire range of subject areas and student support is the responsibility of a faculty, with each faculty taking responsibility for its subject provision. Click on the links below to learn more about our faculties:

For more information about our curriculum, please contact Michael Gibbison, michael.gibbison@tibhs.staracademies.org

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